Karol Bagh

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Karol Bagh
Qarol Bagh
Neighbourhood of Delhi
Skyline of Karol Bagh
Nickname(s): K.B., Q.B.
Karol Bagh is located in Delhi
Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°39′46″N 77°12′36″E / 28.6629°N 77.210°E / 28.6629; 77.210Coordinates: 28°39′46″N 77°12′36″E / 28.6629°N 77.210°E / 28.6629; 77.210
Country India
State Delhi
District Central Delhi
 • Total 505,242
Time zone GMT + 0530
PIN Code 110005
Lok Sabha constituency New Delhi
(formerly Karol Bagh)
Vidhan Sabha constituency Karol Bagh
Civic agency MCD
Distance From Airport = 18 KM Distance From Railway = 3 KM

Karol Bagh, also spelled as Qarol Bagh (Hindi: क़रोल बाग़, Punjabi: ਕ਼ਰੋਲ ਬਾਗ਼, Urdu: قرول باغ‎, pronounced [qəroːl baːɣ]), is a mixed residential-cum-commercial neighbourhood in Delhi, India, known for its shopping streets, like the Ghaffar Market and Ajmal Khan Road. It is one of the three administrative subdivisions, of the Central Delhi district, of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with the other two being, Darya Ganj and Paharganj.

River of lights at Karol Bagh

It was also home to the Karol Bagh Lok Sabha constituency till it was abolished in 2008, now it is a Legislative Assembly of Delhi segment of the New Delhi constituency.

Noted residential places in Karol Bagh are W.E.A, Beadon Pura, Reghar Pura, Dev Nagar, and Bapa Nagar.

A wholesale garment market known as Tank Road Market came into existence with few shopkeepers in the end of the 1980s.


Busy market on Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh

In the 1920s, residents of villages like Madhoganj, Jaisingh Pura, and Raja ka Bazaar evacuated to build Connaught Place and nearby areas, were relocated in Karol Bagh to the West, then a rocky area populated by trees and wild bushes.[1]

The area was primarily residential with a large Muslim population until the exodus of many Muslims to Pakistan and an influx of refugees from West Punjab and Sindh after partition in 1947,[2] many of whom were traders. There remains a sizeable Marathi, Tamil-speaking population.[3] Karol Bagh is also home to a large Bengali community, and hosts one of the oldest Durga Puja in the city, Their numbers have increased many folds since late 1990's, most of which are employed in jewelery manufacturing.

Several incidents were reported at Karol Bagh during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, including burning of shops.[4] Karol Bagh was the target of a terrorist attack in October 2008 when a there was a bomb blast in Ghaffar Market.[5]


Entrance to the Ghaffar Market, Karol Bagh

The historic Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College was inaugurated here by Mahatma Gandhi in 1921,[6] and Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, also of Delhi University is situated here.


The area is now considered where the affluent people of West and Central Delhi go to shops, with a busy shopping streets including Ajmal Khan Road, Arya Samaj Road, and the Ghaffar Market, named after freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Tip Top Market (Established by Sh Sohan Lal Jain in the year 2000). In the recent years, many western businesses have established themselves in this area. Pizza Hut, TGIF, Reebok, Sketchers, Puma and Lacoste have all established successful businesses in Karol Bagh.. Many eateries also exist such as Pind Balluchi etc.


Nearest Railway Stations are Delhi Sarai Rohilla and Delhi Kishanganj, both are about a Kilometer from Central Karol Bagh. Karol Bagh is situated at a distance of 20 – 22 km. from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, and 4.1 km. from New Delhi Railway Station.[7] It is also serviced by the Karol Bagh station, located on the Blue Line of the Delhi Metro.

In popular culture[edit]

12/24 Karol Bagh (2009–2010), a TV series shown on Zee TV, was set in Karol Bagh and shot and produced in Delhi. Its subsequent success started the trend for many TV serials being set in Delhi.[8] Zoya Singh Solanki the central character in the rom-com novel by Anuja Chauhan, The Zoya Factor (2008) lives in Karol Bagh, who ends up becoming the lucky mascot for the Indian cricket team in the novel.[9]


  1. ^ "A tale of two cities". Hindustan Times. September 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Singh, Andrea (1976). Neighbourhood and Social Networks In Urban India. Marwah Publications. p. 67. 
  3. ^ Narayani Ganesh (2002-09-15). "Ubiquitous 'Madrasi' in Delhi". Times of India. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  4. ^ Das, Veena (2007). Life and words: violence and the descent into the ordinary. University of California Press. p. 137. ISBN 0-520-24745-0. 
  5. ^ "Karol Bagh's markets live in constant fear of a terrorist attack". Hindustan Times. 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Sah, Ram Swarth (2003-12-25). "Old medicine, new learners". The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-12-15. 
  7. ^ http://www.roaddistance.in/delhi/new-delhi-railway-station-bhavbhuti-marg-to-karol-bagh-distance/by-road/
  8. ^ "Delhi's driving TV content". The Times of India. Dec 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Books: The Zoya Factor: Chick-lit cricket, Interview". CNN-IBN. Oct 21, 2008. 

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